Police Beat

Wednesday must have been sleepy-time Wednesday this week…as police officers woke up a motorist who was asleep in his vehicle at a small park and another person asleep in front of a store.

Just before noon on Wednesday, an APD Sergeant was dispatched to a gas station on State Route 20 to check on a man who was asleep in front of the store all morning. When contacted, the 29-year-old Oak Harbor man had a difficult time speaking with the Sergeant, possibly due to being impaired. Per the store’s request, the man was banned and told not to return for a full year. After he was asked to move along, he asked to use the restroom and stayed there for an extended period of time. Officers were unable to get a response when knocking, so they opened the door and discovered the man lying on the floor and requested an ambulance to check on him. He was ultimately awakened and a glass pipe containing possible drug residue was seized. He walked off under his own power. He now faces possible drug paraphernalia possession charges.  

Later Wednesday…

Mid-afternoon on Wednesday, an APD Officer on patrol on SR 20 observed a man sitting in the driver’s seat of a pickup parked at the little roadside park. The pickup was running and the man was sitting upright with his eyes closed. The officer contacted the man to check on him and after several attempts, was able to wake him. He responded to the officer’s questions with slurred speech and attempted to hand him a credit card instead of his driver’s license. The officer observed an open can of alcohol in the center console of the truck, and asked the driver to step out for roadside sobriety tests. The 33-year-old had poor balance and struggled to follow simple directions given for the tests. He was taken into custody for physical control (DUI) and transported to APD where he provided a breath sample of over twice the legal limit to safely operate a vehicle. He was later released to a friend.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Just before midnight on Sunday, an APD Officer on patrol observed a Mazda sedan perform a traffic infraction while driving directly in front of him on State Route 20. Upon contact with the 19-year-old Sedro Woolley driver, the officer smelled marijuana in the sedan and asked the driver how much marijuana he had consumed and he admitted he had some earlier that evening and handed the officer some baggies containing a small amount of marijuana. He did not have signs of impairment, but was taken into custody for possession of marijuana since he is under the age of 21. He was given his citation and released at the scene.

Monday, March 18, 2019

An APD Officer took a boat equipment theft report on Monday afternoon. The victim told police that sometime in the previous two weeks, someone removed two Scotty-brand downriggers, valued at $700 each, from his boat that was parked off-street on Kingsway. The downriggers were double-locked to the boat, but it is unknown how the locks were defeated.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A 21st Street resident contacted police on Tuesday morning to report that sometime overnight, his friend’s unlocked vehicle was rummaged through, though nothing of value was taken. There are no suspects.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

APD investigated a three-car, minor injury motor vehicle accident at 30th Street and R Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. An 84-year-old Anacortes man was crossing R Avenue on 30th Street but failed to see two oncoming sedans. His van struck one sedan causing it to spin and collide with the second sedan. The van and one of the sedans were towed from the scene. The van driver was given a ticket for failure to yield the right of way.

A 22-year-old Mount Vernon man was given a traffic ticket for failure to yield early Wednesday afternoon after he became distracted by a newspaper that fell in his lap and he then struck the rear of a minivan stopped for traffic on highway 20 near Christianson Road. The minivan lurched forward and struck another vehicle as well. The victim vehicle occupants told police that they were sore, but declined immediate medical assistance.

A local woman contacted the Animal Control Officer on Wednesday to report a dog bite incident that occurred a few weeks prior. The woman said that she was at the dog park on R Avenue on March 2 with her small dog, when a large breed dog ran towards her dog then bit her lower leg causing minor injury. She did not have dog or owner information, but wanted to report it in an attempt to identify the dog and determine if it has been vaccinated for rabies. There are no suspects at this time.

Just before 10AM on Wednesday, an APD Corporal was dispatched to a collision on Sharpes Corner and one lane of the roundabout was blocked. The pickup and sedan were asked to pull into a nearby parking lot to continue the collision investigation. Once there, the Corporal spoke with the sedan driver who attempted to enter and failed to yield to a pickup already in the roundabout, causing the collision. The 27-year-old Burlington driver was given a traffic infraction for failure to yield and a citation for driving while license suspended. She was also booked and released for a warrant for driving while license suspended.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

At 8:30PM on Thursday, APD Officers responded to a local grocery store to contact a 44-year-old Anacortes woman to remove her from the store per the manager’s request. Per store personnel, the woman was making despondent remarks to other patrons. The woman was given a ban notice and told not to return to the store for one year. An officer explained the ban notice, also called a trespass notice, to the woman and she asked him for a copy of his business card and his soul. The officer did not concede to her request.  

On Thursday afternoon an APD Officer observed a local 27-year-old man he recognized and discovered that he had a warrant for his arrest. The man was taken into custody without incident and searched incident to arrest. The search yielded a small folding knife with a small amount of heroin on the blade. The man’s backpack was also searched and contained several drug paraphernalia items and a small amount of methamphetamine residue. He was transported to the police department and booked and released on his warrant. He faces possible charging for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Early Thursday afternoon, an APD Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue observed a sports car with a burnt-out brake light. The officer pulled the car over to speak with the 39-year-old Anacortes driver who told the officer that he did not have a driver’s license. He was taken into custody for driving while license suspended and released at the scene.

Note: Anacortes Police Department policy is to not include names or addresses of businesses or individuals that call 911 for police assistance, though this information is a matter of public record.

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